Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Current Comics Report for 8/10

This is a report about what I think about the comics of this week, based upon Diamond's Shipping This Week list, as reprinted below, with my (sometimes quite snarky, so be forewarned) comments.

Certain sections of the Current Report on the 8/10 Comic Book Week contain forward-looking statements that are based on my expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate” and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which include but are not limited to projections of books being good, writing performance, character flaws, artistic coolness and continued title stability.

Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Prognasticators Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation:
  • A book being better than I thought it would be;

  • A different creative team on a book;

  • A different type of story than I thought it was;

  • Differences in anticipated and actual performance by the writer and/or artist
All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document.All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to me are qualified by the cautionary statements in this section...

Shipping This Week: August 10, 2005

DARK HORSE

APR050031 CONCRETE VOL 1 DEPTHS TP $12.95

Read this comic.

Then read Chadwick's Dazzler work.

Then shudder.

APR050066 MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN BUST $39.99

Think about it. For this to be ready by now, they must have begun production BEFORE the series came out.

Kinda ballsy, isn't it?

To presume that your comic is going to be soooo popular that you will be able to sell a bust based on it?

JAN050076 SAMURAI HEAVEN & EARTH #4 (OF 5) $2.99

Luke Ross...that's another artist who has just grown by leaps and bounds since he started in the business. Good to see.

DC COMICS

JUN050438 100 BULLETS #63 (MR) $2.75
JUN050347 ACTION COMICS #830 $2.50

Anyone want to join me on the "Free Action Comics!" bandwagon?

Where we protest the involvement of a cool comic like Action Comics in the unending world of crossover land?

Come aboard, there is plenty of room!

JUN050355 ADAM STRANGE PLANET HEIST TP $19.99

I estimate that this comic would be more enjoyable if the last issue was just left missing, and people had to guess how it ended, rather than see a promising story devolve into a prelude for a lame comic.

JUN050327 BATMAN #643 $2.50

I estimate that this storyline will be Anderson Gabrych's attempt at finally ending the whole "Batman is a total dick" stuff from War Games.

Part of that will be that Spoiler is not really dead.

All the signs are there.

JUN050332 BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #194 $2.50

Seth Fisher is a really great artist.

This story, though?

I'm not feeling it.

JUN050357 BREACH #8 $2.50

Marcos Martin is a fine, fine artist.

FEB050366 CATWOMAN MINI STATUE $39.99

Have they come to the conclusion yet that they could paint, like, 5% of the figures a different color and say "Rare Variant"?

If not....I'm sorry, statue buyers!!

JUN050440 FABLES #40 (MR) $2.75
JUN050364 GREEN ARROW #53 $2.50
JUN050367 HAWKMAN #43 $2.50
JUN050372 JLA #117 $2.50

I predict that there will be at least one nod to a previous Geoff Johns work in this comic, like the last issue, where there was an allusion to an earlier issue of Hawkamn.

JUN050402 MAD CLASSICS #2 $4.99
JUN050401 MAD MAGAZINE #457 $3.99
JUN050425 MAJESTIC #8 $2.99
JUN050444 MNEMOVORE #5 (OF 6) (MR) $2.99
JUN050335 NIGHTWING #111 $2.50

A funny thing would be to look at a Titans comic book from circa 1985 with Nightwing and Deathstroke....then 1995....and then 2005, and see how their relationship has changed so dramatically over the years.

JUN050381 OUTSIDERS #27 $2.50
MAY050282 PROMETHEA COVERS BOOK SC $5.99
JUN050383 RANN THANAGAR WAR #4 (OF 6) $2.50

I estimate that this comic will be much easier to read if you happen to know every single DC comic ever published.

If you don't?

Ooooh...sorry.

JUN050398 SCOOBY DOO #99 $2.25
MAY050252 SEVEN SOLDIERS ZATANNA #3 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN050342 SUPERGIRL #0 $2.99

I estimate that this comic will serve as a very strong intelligence test.

Ready?

See how many people buy this while also owning a copy of Superman/Batman #19.

Those people will essentially have paid $2.99 for the sake of a cover and a title.

I think that there should be some computer program put into place that if the UPC code for both Superman/Batman #19 and Supergirl #0 are rung up at the same time, a small boot will come out from under the counter and kick the purchaser in the crotch.

If the purchaser is a male, it will hopefully curtail his breeding capabilities.

If the purchaser is a female...well...I bet that would still hurt.

JUN050341 SUPERGIRL #1 $2.99

Tadhg asked me yesterday, "How did the people who put Supergirl in the rocket know that yellow rays would give her superpowers?"

It's a fine question.

Any answers out there?

FEB050364 THE BATMAN THE JOKER MAQUETTE $89.99
JUN050389 VILLAINS UNITED #4 (OF 6) $2.50

Anyone see the cover of #6? That's gotta be a red herring, right?

Then again...it looked like Blue Beetle on the cover of Countdown...

JUN050429 WINTER MEN #1 (OF 8) (MR) $2.99

What was the last project John Paul Leon worked on? I predict that the art will be AMAZING on this comic.

JUN050391 WORLDS FINEST ARCHIVES VOL 3 HC $49.99

IMAGE

MAR051731 ADAM HUGHES WITCHBLADE #86 LITHO SGN $29.99
APR051716 ADAM HUGHES WITCHBLADE #87 LITHO SGN $29.99
MAY051528 BODY BAGS FATHERS DAY SGN #1 (OF 2) (MR) $19.99

I would like to see Jason Pearson sign this comic for, like, a teenaged girl.

Just for the awkwardness of the situation.

JUN051845 CITY OF HEROES #4 $2.99

Is this still a Mark Waid issue, or has Troy Hickman's run begun yet?

MAY051597 ERIC BASALDUA MAGDALENA #1 LITHO $19.99
MAY051598 ERIC BASALDUA MAGDALENA #1 LITHO SGN $29.99
JUN051752 FERRO CITY #1 $2.99

Is this by the artist from The Ray?

JUN051763 GUN FU TP $14.95
MAY058159 HUNTER KILLER VOL 1 COLL ED (PP #679) $4.99

Wow...a collected edition already!

MAY051565 MAGE VOL 2 THE HERO DEFINED HC $49.95
JUN051836 NECROMANCER BACHALO CVR #1 $2.99
JUN051835 NECROMANCER HORN CVR #1 $2.99
JUN051834 NECROMANCER MANAPUL CVR #1 $2.99

Enough money to make three covers...but not enough for an actual story?

APR051684 NOBLE CAUSES #12 $3.50
MAR051702 PIGTALE #3 $2.99

I think the decision to change this to OGNs was a wise one.

MAY051593 TERRY DODSON WITCHBLADE #88 LITHO $19.99
JUN051757 WINGS OF ANANSI ONE SHOT $6.99

MARVEL

APR051905 CAPTAIN AMERICA #8 $2.99

It HAS to be Bucky, by the way, because if it ISN'T, then the answer would have to include such ridiculous convoluted reasons that it would just be silly.

Far less silly to just have it be Bucky.

Even if that is silly.

Which I'm not saying it is.

JAN058158 CAPTAIN AMERICA JOE JUSKO VARIANT COVER #8 $2.99
JUN052072 ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL VOL 3 TP $16.99
JUN052036 EXILES #68 $2.99
JUN058073 FANTASTIC FOUR HOUSE OF M LTD ED VARIANT #1 $2.99

No second prints here!!

LIMITED EDITION, BABY!

JUN052012 GRAVITY #3 (OF 5) $2.99
JUN051975 HOUSE OF M #5 (OF 8) $2.99

When's the next issue that messes people up? Is this the one?

JAN058164 HOUSE OF M MCKONE VARIANT COVER #5 (OF 8) $2.99
JUN052069 HULK TEMPEST FUGIT TP $14.99
JUN051984 INCREDIBLE HULK #85 $2.99

I believe that Peter David is into this crossover far more than he should be.

JUN058074 INCREDIBLE HULK LTD ED VARIANT #83 $2.99
MAY051789 IRON MAN #4 $2.99

I predict that this will likely be one helluva 1/2 of a comic book.

JUN058075 IRON MAN HOUSE OF M LTD ED VARIANT #1 $2.99
JUN052045 KABUKI REFLECTIONS BOOK #5 $5.99
JUN052026 MARVEL NEMESIS IMPERFECTS #4 (OF 6) $2.99

Pak tried, he really did.

JUN052015 MEGA MORPHS #1 (OF 4) $2.99

I predict that, since this is Sean McKeever we are talking about here, that we will see the most ambitious toy line tie-in comic since Priest's classic Total Justice series.

JUN058081 MUTOPIA X LTD ED VARIANT #1 $2.99
JUN052024 NEW WARRIORS #3 (OF 6) $2.99

I predict a strong issue from Wells here.

JUN052038 ORORO BEFORE THE STORM #3 (OF 4) $2.99

This comic will tie in to the Twelve storyline.

That does not bode well for this comic book.

JUN052043 PUNISHER #24 (MR) $2.99
JUN052053 RUNAWAYS VOL 1 HC $34.99

I anticipate looking at this collection of EIGHTEEN comics for $35, and then looking at the fact that Marvel is charging $22 for a hardcover of SEVEN Captain America comics, and $20 for SIX New Avengers comics, and then saying..."What the hell?!?!"

JUN052005 SHANNA THE SHE DEVIL #7 (OF 7) (MR) $3.50
JUN051998 SPIDER-MAN BREAKOUT #5 (OF 5) $2.99

I estimate that we will learn more about the U-Foes' personalities than we ever thought was possible in this comic.

JUN051999 TOXIN #5 (OF 6) $2.99

I predict it will be good. STILL!

Believe me, folks!

JUN051991 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #22 $2.50
JUN052050 ULTIMATE MARVEL FLIP MAGAZINE #3 $3.99
JUN052051 ULTIMATE TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #3 $3.99
JUN051990 ULTIMATES ANNUAL #1 (MR) $3.99

Steve Dillon becomes the first artist other than Hitch to draw the Ultimates in an Ultimates comic.

Hard to find an artist who ISN'T a drop off from Hitch, but they found him.

JUN052063 UNCANNY X-MEN NEW AGE VOL 3 ON ICE TP $15.99

Nice title.

It WOULD explain the stories in Uncanny X-Men if they WERE, in fact, thawed out old stories Claremont had laying around.

JUN052029 X-MEN #174 $2.50

WIZARD

JUN052637 BUFFY BOOK OF VENGEANCE EX TOY 3 PACK PI
JUN052638 SPIKE ANGEL FOOL FOR LOVE TOYFARE EX FIGURE (O/ PI
JUN052628 TOYFARE MARVEL LEGENDS PREMIERE CVR #98 $4.99

I saw one of those new superhero toys where you can have the figures fight each other. That sounded neat. Why couldn't these things be around when I was a kid?

COMICS

MAY052491 100 GIRLS #5 $2.95
MAY052914 2000 AD #1447 $4.10
MAY052915 2000 AD #1448 $4.10
MAY052825 24 MIDNIGHT SUN ONE SHOT $7.49

I predict that this comic will be a fun read.

APR052986 A G SUPER EROTIC ANTHOLOGY #16 (A) $4.99
JUN052938 BABEL #1 (O/A) (MR) $9.95
MAY053136 BANANA FISH VOL 9 TP $9.95
MAY052502 BETTY & VERONICA #211 $2.25
MAY052947 BIZENGHAST VOL 1 GN $9.99
JUN053270 BOX OFFICE POISON COMPLETE NEW EDITION TP (O/A) $29.95

I predict that if you have not already read this comic, and you purchase it today, that you will not be displeased.

MAY053144 BOYS OVER FLOWERS VOL 13 TP $9.99
APR052717 CANTON KID #2 (OF 4) $3.50
JUN053080 CAST #2 $2.99
MAY052944 CLASSIC DAN DARE VOL 6 OPERATION SATURN PART 2 HC $19.95
JUN053066 COBALT WARRIOR ANGEL #0 $3.95
JUN053158 COLLECTED BEOWULF 2ND ED TP (O/A) (MR) $15.95
JUN052653 COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY (O/A) $9.95
APR052883 COMICS JOURNAL LIBRARY VOL 5 CLASSIC COMICS ILLUSTRATORS TP $22.95
JUN053094 DE SKETCHITOES FSC SKETCHBOOK (O/A) $9.99

What is a sketchitoes?

APR052860 DF BLACK PANTHER #1 QUESADA SGN $49.99
MAR052878 DF FANTASTIC FOUR #527 SGN $29.99
JUN053268 DICK TRACY DEATH OF A HOOD / KROYWEN SERUM $9.50
JUN053267 DICK TRACY FUR KING / OUT OF THE PAST $9.50
MAY053156 DOLLS VOL 4 GN $9.99
MAY052809 EASY WAY #4 (OF 4) (MR) $3.99

Kuhn, too, is an artist who has grown a lot as an artist over the years.

JUN053012 ELKS RUN VOL 1 #3 (MR) $3.00
MAY053091 EXCEL SAGA VOL 13 TP $9.99
APR052937 EYE CANDY MANGA CONVENTION CVR (MR) $10.00
APR052938 EYE CANDY MANGA PX CVR (MR) $14.95
JUN052783 FATHOM #3 $2.99

I love how Turner is "exclusive" to Marvel, but can work on Fathom, too.

MAY053162 FEED AMERICAS CHILDREN FEATURING MAJOR IMPACT #1 $4.99
MAY052365 FEMFORCE RARE GEMS PACK $23.95
MAY052366 FEMFORCE SOMETHING SPECIAL PACK $24.95

Note to self: Somethign special is better than rare gems, or at least worth a dollar more.

APR052506 FEMFORCE VICTORY REBORN GN $15.95
MAY052856 FINDER VOL 7 THE RESCUERS TP $16.95
MAY053092 FLAME OF RECCA VOL 13 TP $9.99
JUN053063 FRAGILE PROPHET #1 (OF 4) (MR) $2.95
APR052737 GALAXY ANGEL PARTY VOL 1 GN (RES) $9.99
MAY052972 GET BACKERS VOL 11 GN (OF 26) (MR) $9.99
JUN052868 GI JOE HORN EXCLUSIVE CVR #22 $9.99

Wow, so THAT's the going rate for digital drawings of boobs?

Good to know.

MAY052973 HANDS OFF VOL 4 GN (OF 8) $9.99
MAY052771 HELL MICHIGAN #2 (MR) $2.95

This series will be good.

JUN053153 HERO AT LARGE #1 $2.99
JUN052858 HERO SQUARED XTRA SIZED SP BRAINLESS SITCOM ED #1 $6.99

At least they are being up front about what you would have to be to buy this version.

JUN052738 HIROSHIMA THE ATOMIC HOLOCAUST #1 (OF 2) $3.99
MAY052953 HONEY MUSTARD VOL 1 GN (OF 4) $9.99
MAY052625 JENNA JAMESON CARNAL 2 PACK (A) $10.95
APR052968 JON SABLE FREELANCE BLOODLINE #3 (OF 6) $3.99
JUN053124 JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #234 $11.99
MAY052504 JUGHEAD AND FRIENDS DIGEST #4 $2.39
MAY052818 KARNEY #4 (OF 4) (MR) $3.99

I have not found an issue yet, is it good?

MAY053094 KEKKAISHI VOL 2 GN $9.99
MAY052817 LEGEND OF GRIMJACK VOL 3 HC $39.99
MAY052992 LIZZIE MCGUIRE CINEMANGA VOL 13 GN (OF 15) $7.99
JUN053084 LUCIFERS GARDEN OF VERSES VOL 1 DEVIL ON FEVER STREET GN $8.95
MAY053114 MAISON IKKOKU VOL 12 2ND ED TP $9.95
APR052890 MOME VOL 1 GN $14.95
MAY052382 MORT GRIM $5.00

Doug Fraser is a strong talent, so I predict that this will be an eventful, and engagin series.

JUN053056 MYSTIC FUNNIES #2 (O/A) $4.95
JUN053050 NIGHT #1 (MR) $2.95
MAY053096 NO NEED FOR TENCHI VOL 4 2ND ED TP $9.99
APR052553 OZF5 GALE FORCE ONE SHOT $4.99
MAY052506 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #96 $3.59
MAY052977 PASSION FRUIT VOL 2 GALAXY GIRL PANDA BOY GN (OF 3) $9.99
APR052889 PECULIA & THE GROON GROVE VAMPIRES GN $9.95

I admire different takes on horror stories, althought I am afraid that that field is getting quite crowded recently.

MAY052411 PENNY & AGGIE #3 (OF 4) $2.99

I like this series. I enjoy the "sketchy Betty and Veronica."

MAY053097 RANMA 1/2 VOL 31 TP $9.95
APR053020 REVISIONARY #1 (MR) $2.95
JUN053057 SACRED & PROFANE (MR) $4.95
MAY053160 SENSUAL PHRASE VOL 9 TP (MR) $9.99
JUN053289 SHOJO BEAT SEP 05 VOL 1 #3 $5.99
JUN053058 SHORT ORDER COMIX (MR) $2.95
MAY052507 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #152 $2.25
JUN053272 SPIRAL BOUND GN $14.95

Shawn Hoke said you should buy it.

Don't make him go on a killing spree.

Just buy it.

JUN052842 SPRINGHEELED JACK #3 (OF 3) $4.50
MAY052626 STICKBOY FREAKY SEX 2 PACK (A) $6.95
JUN052862 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #29 (O/A) (MR) $2.95
MAY052609 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE DLX ED #33 (MR) $19.99
JUN052861 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE SGN ED #29 (MR) $10.00

I think the reason why a signed edition of Tarot is so low is that when people look at the signature, they realize, "Oh yeah, this is written and drawn by Jim Balent...what am I doing?!?!"

MAY052993 THATS SO RAVEN CINEMANGA VOL 5 GN (OF 7) $7.99

I reviewed a That's So Raven Cinemanga comic awhile back. It is an interesting reading experience.

MAY053049 THE KING GN $19.95
JUN053269 TRICKED GN $19.95
MAY052638 TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD #14 $2.95

I think all the characters should dress up as superheroes.

APR052941 WILD CHERRYS TEASE PX ED (MR) $14.95
JUN053095 WILDFLOWER VOL 1 BEGINNINGS SIGNED TP $14.99

Well, that's it for me!

Feel free to check back later to tell me how off my predictions were!

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Kosmicki said...

Given that "Screaming Brain" is written, directed and starring Bruce Campbell and the past market for merchandise with his likeness, it's not that inconceivable that they had planned to market the hell out of the movie from the beginning.

As much as he and the others were screwed out of the Evil Dead merchandising dollars, I congratulate him for coming up with a way to make money on his own image and ideas like this.

8/10/2005 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger chasdom said...

Yes, Ferro City's Jason Armstrong was the 3rd regular penciller on The Ray, following Joe Quesada (mini-series) and Howard Porter.

I have fond memories of Armstrong's work on The Ray, even if Priest does say that Armstrong was "simply not ready" for a monthly series.

Looking forward to the new series, it looks very stylish.

8/10/2005 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Okay, this new Supergirl's origin says she was launched from Argo City at the same time Superman was launched from, um, Krypton City, right? So, her dad, Jor-El's brother, would have been comparing notes with Jor-El, and since Jor-El knew that the yellow sun rays would make Kal a Superman, Zor-El knew the same thing would be true for Kara. Unless the last rewrite says that Jor-El didn't know that yellow sun rays would make Kal a Superman. Goddamn DC.

8/10/2005 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous jdonelson_nyc said...

I believe that John Paul Leon did the last issue of Brubaker's Captain America. Whie I wasn't all that thrilled by his work in that comic, the art in the Winter Men preview looks great.

8/10/2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Leon's Cap work is MUCH different from his Winter Men work.

I liked the Cap work well enough, but yeah, that was not vintage Leon.

Winter Men IS.

Good stuff.

8/10/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger TheWriteJerry said...

Just discovered this blog through Pulse/The Beat.

Excellent work. Of course, your use of the word "snarky" in the beginning of this article pretty much hooked me in...

Now I think I'll go all the way back to the beginning of your archives and drink in the love.

About time somebody told the Emperors that they have no story.

8/10/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

"A funny thing would be to look at a Titans comic book from circa 1985 with Nightwing and Deathstroke....then 1995....and then 2005, and see how their relationship has changed so dramatically over the years."

Please elaborate.

8/10/2005 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

How about an intelligence test not just for people who bought both SB #10 and Supergirl #0 but also for people who read any Jeph Loeb comic and decide to buy a second one.

8/10/2005 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Circa 1985, Deathstroke and Nightwing were arch rivals, with Deathstroke being reluctantly evil.

Circa 1995, Deathstroke and Nightwing were begrudging allies fighting the good fight.

Circa 2005, Deathstroke is totally evil, but Nightwing still may be under his sway.

8/10/2005 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

Oh okay. I just remember Deathstroke used to totally bitch-slap and punk Dick Grayson within two panels whenever they met. Actually, under Wolfman anyone with a codename and costume did that to Dick Grayson.

8/10/2005 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger zilla said...

winter men was really good IMO. can't wait for more of that.

8/11/2005 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am indeed that Jason Armstrong. I won't comment on Christopher Priest's opinion -- I am having a good time on Ferro City. I've just approved the proofs for #2, and #3 is about the be put to bed... Yay!

8/24/2005 10:43:00 AM  

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